Can you put cedar planks in the oven to cook salmon? Yes, you can! This cedar plank oven salmon recipe is delicious and easy to make.
Soak the cedar plank in water for 1 hour. When it's almost done soaking, begin preheating the oven to 350 F.
While the oven is preheating, make a brine for the salmon by combining 2 cups of water with 2 tablespoons of salt. Soak the salmon in the brine for 10 minutes while the oven preheats.
Remove the cedar plank from the water and shake off excess water. Remove the salmon from the brine and gently pat to remove excess brine. Rub the salmon with the desired amount of salmon rub.
Place a flat rack on a baking sheet (you can line the baking sheet with foil first, for easy cleanup, if desired). Place the soaked plank on the rack. Put the baking sheet with the rack and plank on it in the oven for 5 minutes to heat up.
Remove the baking sheet with the rack and plank on it. Place the rubbed salmon on the hot plank; if the end of a salmon filet is thinner than the center, you can gently fold the thin end under so that the salmon cooks more evenly. Return the baking sheet to the oven. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until desired doneness is reached. (Salmon is fully cooked when it flakes easily with a fork.)
Optional: glaze salmon fillets with melted butter and sprinkle on chopped fresh dill just before serving.
You can also make your own salmon rub by combining 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of coarse salt, 2 teaspoons of ancho chili powder, 1 teaspoon of ground cumin, and 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper. (Rub recipe courtesy of Fire & Flavor.)